My Road to Rio (So Far)

I began my Road to Rio in November 2014 when I applied to volunteer at the Olympics, and then on November 30, 2015, I was approved! YAY!!! I couldn’t believe it!

Here’s what happened before I was chosen as a volunteer:

To apply, I filled out an application on their volunteer portal. It was short but also difficult because only a small amount of characters were allowed for each answer. For example, I had to say why I wanted to volunteer for Rio 2016 in only 200 characters including spaces. That’s hard!

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Submitted my application!

After applying, I did two language tests and an online dynamic (that tested how I would act in situations I might experience while volunteering at the Games). The online dynamic made me extremely excited because they did a really good job of simulating the Games! It’s crazy to me that in under 190 days, I will actually be there!

Until October of 2015, I didn’t hear anything about volunteering, but I was determined to go to the Olympics anyway. The United States sells Olympic tickets through CoSport, and since last spring, they have been selling them in a variety of ways. At first, it was a lottery system. People chose what events they wanted to go see and entered the lottery for those events. At this point, all of the events were available. I managed to get a ticket to the final of the Men’s 10 Meter Platform Diving! This event is always really exciting because I used to dive, and also because it’s really hard to predict who will win! David Boudia from the U.S. won it at the last Olympics.

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Sports of the Rio Olympics and Paralympics

Since the huge lottery, CoSport has been releasing tickets sporadically, and I’ve been buying them. So far, I have tickets to nine different events (although I may try to sell some of these based on times). They are for Diving, Football (AKA soccer), Archery (two different events), Handball, Table Tennis, Badminton, Fencing, and Athletics (AKA Track and Field).

Surprisingly, my most expensive ticket was $123, and my least expensive was $20. That’s not bad for the Olympics!

In October, I had an online group interview with someone from the Rio 2016 Organizing Committee, which only built the excitement. I was so nervous during it, and then on November 30, I was picked!

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Now, I’m waiting for my actual assignment, but I’m happy that I’m going! I bought my plane tickets this past week, and I’ll be renting a place to stay very soon.

Only 186 more days!

My Road to Rio: Brazilian Day

Because I’m going to the Olympics in Rio in 2016 (yay for 7 tickets so far!), I’ve started preparing by learning the language, trying to figure out where to stay, and learning the culture. I don’t know a lot about Brazil besides the basics, but I’m working on it.

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Last weekend, I learned that there is a Brazilian Day festival in NYC, so I went! It was on sixth avenue from around 42nd Street to Central Park. It was part street fair, part Brazilian cultural festival. There were so many people dressed in the Brazilian colors of yellow and green. They had tents selling beautiful yellow and green clothes. Tents were also selling lots of meats, Brazilian food, lemonade, and random things like cell phone cases and bowls made of chopsticks. There was also a tent where you could kick a soccer ball.

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IMG_6474It was a very fun day. I saw Brazilian people dancing and singing, and I even saw Miss Brazil 2015! I met some people from a The Legion of Good Will, a nonprofit that works in Brazil and NYC and could help me in Brazil if I need it, won a t-shirt from Delta Air Lines that says “I survived Brazilian Day 2015,” and tried an arepa (I didn’t like it). Mainly, I just really loved the feeling of being immersed in a different culture.

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People dancing

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Miss Brazil being interviewed

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An Arepa, which is kind of like a pancake corn bread

TIMG_6513he experience was amazing, and it just made me even more excited to go to Rio in 2016! The sign to the right says “Show everyone how you’re enjoying the #BRDAYNY,” and with this blog post, I just did!

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The 2016 Olympics

After watching the 2012 London Olympics, I promised myself that I would be at the next Summer Games. Last December, I applied to volunteer at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. I am anxiously waiting to hear back about volunteering, but in the meantime, I bought four tickets to the Olympics! Just in case I am not selected to volunteer, I’m still going!

I’m so excited that I am actually able to do what I promised! I am ready to see what I have dreamed about for so long. There are a few problems such as cost and place to stay, but those can be addressed closer to the Games. The important thing is that I’m going to the Olympics!

Here are the events I’m going to see:

– Soccer (AKA Football), 8/3/2016

– Archery, 8/6/2016

– Handball, 8/15/2016

– Diving, 8/20/2016

I’m most excited about diving because I will be able to watch Tom Daley, the diver who inspired me to start diving, compete! I have less experience with the other three events, but I know they will be so cool to watch! After two ticket raffles and then some, I am ready to go to the Olympics (and of course I’ll blog the whole time I’m there)!

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